SAN DIEGO WRITEWAY'S LITERARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Scroll down for literary events in October and early November countywide.

OCTOBER

October 9 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, who will discuss and sign her book Happier at Home. This event is free and open to the public, however there is Reserved Seating available. For more information please contact the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347. Please note that in order to be signed, the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place.

One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick – why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. "Of all the elements of a happy life," she thought, "My home is the most important." In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home.

And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already. So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year September through May – to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family's treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster. Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions – and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well.

With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 9 (Tuesday, 9:00 to 9:30 am)Bette Pegas Slide Show. Join Dr. Jon Rebman, author of Baja California Plant Field Guide for a reception and lecture at the San Diego Natural History Museum in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater (1788 El Prado, San Diego, 92101). RSVP's are required, this event will sell out quickly. Please visit The Natural History Museum for more information.

October 10 (Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm)Fallbrook’s Writers Read presents spoken word artists Karla Cordero and Trixie Gonzalez, preceded by open mic for poetry, prose. At Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main, Fallbrook, CA., enter from the rear parking lot. For more information, contact K-B Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064, or visit www.excusemeimwriting.com/writers-read/.

October 11 (Thursday, 7:00 pm)East County Prose & Poetry Open Mic: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Space Bar. Sign-ups start at 7pm with show at 7:30 p.m. John Wolf: johnwolf.lobo@gmail.com

October 13 (Saturday, 12:00pm) — As part of the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, Warwick's will host Radio Personality Jerry Cesak and Animator/ Illustrator Terry Naughton, who will be signing copies of My Personal Panther. Terry will also be conducting drawing demonstrations for children. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Do you have a friend - a friend who can spend every day with her very own panther?  She and her best friend Aja both believe Aja is a miniature jungle. You will when you meet Lucy in My Personal Panther. All is perfect in Pantherland until the day Lucy comes home from school and her panther is missing.

October 13 (Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm) —A Word With You Press is hosting its 2nd Annual Arts Clash at 802 S. Tremont St. The day will offer eight artists displaying their work and eight writers presenting their work and answering questions. Food and beverages will be available and there will be a raffle for various prizes. A DJ will be providing the music and there will be spoken word performances from Glassless Minds. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Kid Expression. For more information contact Thorn at 760-967-9673 or visit www.AWordWithYouPress.com.

October 16 (Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm) — A Poetry Open Mic with the flavor of San Diego’s original Poetic Brew, set in the warm and friendly venue of Rebecca’s Coffeehouse in South Park. Read up to 3 poems or for 3 minutes and 33 seconds. There’s sure to be some of your favorite locals reading, plus a different feature poet each month. So bring your good stuff and take the Open Mic stage. Sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the warm and friendly Eber Lambert.

October 16 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host author William Kuhn, who will discuss and sign his book Mrs. Queen Takes the Train. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain's Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town-and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England's monarchy.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 17 (Wednesday, 1:00 pm) Bette Pegas Slide Show. Join author Bette Pegas, author of Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos at the Marine Corps Air Station children's library in Miramar. Bette will show slides and talk about the islands to pre-schoolers. Exclusively for MCAS children.

October 17 (Wednesday,  7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host the New York Times bestselling author of The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer, who will discuss and sign his novel Sutton. This event is free and open to the public, although there is Reserved Seating available. Please contact the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for more information. In order to be signed Sutton must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Born in the squalid Irish slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the twentieth century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren't taking brazen risks, causing millions to lose their jobs and homes, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out, only one way to win the girl of his dreams.

So began the career of America's most successful bank robber. Over three decades Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York, and the FBI put him on its first-ever Most Wanted List. But the public rooted for Sutton. He never fired a shot, after all, and his victims were merely those bloodsucking banks. When he was finally caught for good in 1952, crowds surrounded the jail and chanted his name.

Blending vast research with vivid imagination, Pulitzer Prize-winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In Moehringer's retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all Sutton's crimes and confinements, his first love (and first accomplice) was never far from his thoughts. And when Sutton finally walked free – a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969 – he immediately set out to find her.

Poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, Sutton tells a story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a story of doomed love, which is forever timeless.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 18 (Thursday,  7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host author B.A. Shapiro, who will discuss and sign The Art Forger. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye. Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting – one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum – in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting – the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner – is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Claire's search for the truth about the painting's origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

B.A. Shapiro's razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. It's a dazzling novel about seeing, and not seeing, the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 19 thru 21 (10am to noon) —  Borrego Fest Anza Borrego Desert State Park. October is finally here and it's time for our biggest annual desert event. Join us in the Anza Borrego Desert for 3 days of camping, 4x4 trail runs, and hiking. We will also be offering Amateur Radio License testing on Sunday for all levels from. The "not to be missed" pot luck dinner and campfire will be on Saturday evening. On Friday evening Diana and Lowell Lindsay will be joining us for a presentation on one of Anza Borrego's most famous past residents – Marshal South.

This is a family friendly event and an opportunity for us to meet the family members we never get to see on the trail. This year we will be located at the Butterfield Ranch Resort, located just outside the Park boundary. The Ranch is equipped with full hookups for RV's, pleanty of tent camping, showers, and a well-stocked store. For more information visit Outdoor Adventure USA. There is a fee for camping but not for the runs.

October 19 (Friday,  7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host style expert and Cohost of TLC's What Not to Wear, Stacy London, who will discuss and sign her book The Truth About Style. This event is free and open to the public, however, Reserved Seating will be available. Please contact the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for more information. Please note that only copies of The Truth About Style purchased from Warwick's will be signed.

Background: With her unique talent for seeing past disastrous wardrobes to the core emotional issues that caused these sartorial crises, style savant Stacy London has transformed not only the looks but also the lives of hundreds of guests who have appeared on What Not to Wear. Now for the first time in print, London turns that expert X-ray insight on herself.

Like the women she's transformed, London has plenty of emotional baggage. At eleven, she suffered from severe psoriasis that left her with permanent physical and mental scars. During college, she became anorexic on a misguided quest for perfection. By the time she joined the staff at Vogue, London's weight had doubled from binge eating. Although self-esteem and self-consciousness nearly sabotaged a promising career, London learned the hard way that we wear our insecurities every day. It wasn't until she found the self-confidence to develop a strong personal style that she finally became comfortable in her skin.

In The Truth About Style, London shares her own often painful history and her philosophy of the healing power of personal style-illustrating it with a series of detailed "start-overs" with eight real women, demonstrating how personal style helps them overcome the emotional obstacles we all face. For anyone who has ever despaired of finding the right clothes, or even taking an objective assessment in a full-length mirror, The Truth About Style will be an inspiring, liberating, and often very funny guide to finding the expression of your truest self.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 20 (Saturday,  11:00 am) — Warwick's will host Chefs from Great News! Cooking School who will be presenting a cooking demo, providing samples, and signing copies of Great Food! This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, Great Food! must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Great Food! is a special compilation of the cooking school's best menus and recipes from the past 20 years. Because it's organized by season, Great Food! provides a culinary road map for the entire year - offering delicious ways to reap nature's bounty and to cook with what's fresh and available. Once you start cooking with Great Food!, you'll want it in your kitchen all year long!

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 20 (Saturday,  11:00 am) — At the La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave., Warwick's will host children's authors Marissa Moss who will discuss and sign Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris and Jordan Jacobs who will discuss and sign Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed books must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: About Mira's Diary: When Mira receives a cryptic postcard from her missing mother, she sets off with her father and brother to find her in Paris. Only Mira doesn't know she's looking in the wrong century. With an innocent touch to a gargoyle sculpture on the roof of Notre Dame, Mira is whisked into the past. There she learns her mother isn't just avoiding the family, she's in serious trouble. Following her mother's clues, Mira travels through time to help change history and bring her mother home.

About Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies: There's nothing Samantha Sutton wants more than to become an adventure-seeking archaeologist like her brilliant Uncle Jay. Samantha's big dreams are finally coming true when Jay invites her along on a summer excavation of an ancient temple in the Peruvian Andes. But this adventure isn't exactly what she thought it would be with her nosy older brother, Evan, and Jay's colleagues monitoring her every move. And she has to deal with the local legend, EI Loco: a ghostly madman who supposedly haunts the ruins. But when the project's most important finds go missing, it's up to Samantha to solve the mystery before the treasures of the temple are lost forever.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 21 (Sunday, 5:00 pm)Jack Innis Presentation. Join Jack Innis, author of the Torrey Pines Hermit, Religious Cave Artist and of San Diego Legends at the Alpine Historial Society (2116 Tavern Rd, Alpine, 91901). Dinner at 5:00-6:00 pm, $8.50 (Please RSVP), program at 6:00, free.

October 23 (Tuesday,  2:00 pm) — Warwick's will host an acclaimed author Sarah Jio, who will discuss and sign her latest novel Blackberry Winter. Warwick's will be serving tea and scones. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's most recent book must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the nightshift, but it's the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning – even though it's the second of May – a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow.

Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Times reporter, Claire Hanson, awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel's unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth – only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 25 (Thursday, 7:00 pm)East County Prose & Poetry Open Mic: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at Space Bar . Sign-ups start at 7pm with show at 7:30 pm.John Wolf: johnwolf.lobo@gmail.com.

October 25 (Thursday, 6:30 pm)Poetry & Art Series 2012 features Poetry International with special guests Steve Kowit, Sandra Alcosser and Camille Dungy.  These renowned authors will read with select MFA students from SDSU.  This arts and culture event takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and music, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, $5 at the door or bring wine to share and get in free.

Steve Kowit is the author of In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, a go-to text for writing poetry.  Kowit is a poet, essayist, teacher, and workshop facilitator.  He is currently teaching MFA students at SDSU.

Sandra Alcosser's poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.  Montana’s first poet laureate, Alcosser directs SDSU’s MFA in Creative Writing each fall and works with Poets House New York.

San Francisco State University Professor Camille Dungy is a two time recipient of the Northern California Book Award (2010 and 2011), a Silver Medal Winner in the California Book Award (2011), and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee (2010 and 2011). Her book Smith Blue (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011) won the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize.

Following the reading, there will be open mic for writers or painters who would like to share a few pieces of their work.

Ben Chung and Al Howard will provide live music. There will be treats and beverages as always.  Please contact host, Michael Klam, with any questions:  619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (museum). Writers/artists who would like to read on the open mic can sign up ahead of time at mkklam@gmail.com or sign in on the night of the show. Visit us online at sandiego-art.org.

October 25 (Thursday,  7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host internationally bestselling author Kate Morton, who will discuss and sign The Secret Keeper. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for more information. In order to be signed, the author's most recent novel must be purchased from Warwick's.

Background: During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades. From pre-WWII England through the Blitz, to the fifties and beyond, discover the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy – who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told – in Morton's signature style – against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue | La Jolla, Ca | 92037 | Ph. (858) 454-0347 | www.warwicks.com.

October 27 (Saturday, 7:00 pm) — Tommy Hawkins, former Notre Dame and Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, former VP of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and radio & TV broadcaster will read from his new book Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People, with illustrations by Leroy Neiman and other noted artists at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com.

As one of the nation's leading eclectics, former professional athlete Tommy Hawkins has enjoyed an incredible career as a two-year Notre Dame basketball All-American, a 10-year veteran National Basketball Association player and player representative with the Los Angeles Lakers, a pioneering Golden Mike and Emmy Award-nominated radio and television broadcaster, a public relations executive and Los Angeles Dodgers Vice President of Communications. A civic leader, Hawkins' community involvement includes serving on the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles Center Theater Group, Los Angeles Sports Council, Los Angeles Friends of Recreation, Children's Burn Foundation, Friends of Jazz at UCLA and Ambassador to the Los Angeles Unified School District's Adopt A School Program. His numerous awards include induction into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame, Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame and the Los Angeles Athletic Club Hall of Fame. He has also been honored as a "Treasure of Los Angeles, Notre Dame Alumnus of the Year," Franciscan Communicator of the Year and received the National Newspaper Publishers Association's Russwrum Award.

October 28 (Sunday, 3:00 to 4:00 pm)Free Open Air Poetry Reading by the Poetry Grove Poets, Read/Hear Poems Under Towering Trees, in San Diego's Balboa Park. Enjoy the peaceful setting: no espresso machines! No fees, no sign-up, nothing to buy, no microphone. Lean your bike against a tree; free parking close by for motorized vehicles; near public transportation.

All poets (first-time & seasoned), listeners, & kinds of poetry welcome, including rhyme, free verse, limericks, haiku, and more. Read your work and/or the work of others. Or, simply enjoy the variety of poets and styles.

Each poet may have two to five turns, reading 1 or 2 poems per turn. Bring up to 10 poems. Sit on the hardened clay Poetry Bench or bring a blanket or chair. Find us 5 blocks north of Laurel Street, 3/4 of a block east of Sixth Avenue, 1/4 block west of Balboa Drive , 150 feet north of Quince. Search for 2 back-to-back garden sheds and the clay Poetry Bench beneath a grove of tall magnolia trees. For more detailed directions, location, a photo of the Bench where many of us sit, and more: http://www.PoetryGrove.weebly.com.

Questions? Want to receive semi-monthly e-mailed reminders? Send first name & last name or initial to: Terra Lepore, PoetryGrove@att.net.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

December 6 (Thursday, 4:30 – 8:30 pm) — Sunbelt Publications Holiday Open House Party!

Featured Speakers: Nicholas Clapp author of Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of the Last Frontier, Jon Rebman author of Baja California Plant Field Guide, and Todd Wirths author of Picacho and the Cargo Muchachos: Guns, Gold and Geology of Eastern Imperial County.

Come nosh and mingle with us in the Sunbelt warehouse. Enjoy our festive atmosphere and hear our newest authors as they share their latest books and wisdom. For additional information, contact Maria T. Groschup-Black at 619-258-4905 X 114 or email maria@sunbeltpub.com.

Location: 1256 Fayette Street in El Cajon.

Writers

NEWS

The San Diego Public Library's 47th Annual Local Authors Exhibit

The Library is calling our resident authors for submissions. If your book was originally published in 2012, we would like to display it in the exhibit, which will run the entire month of February 2013 in the lobby of the Central Library.

For information and to register for this event, please visit the San Diego Local Authors webpage (also accessible from the San Diego Public Library’s web site, www.sandiegolibrary.org under the PROGRAMS & EVENTS tab) then mail your book(s) to: SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY, ATTN: Rachel Esguerra, 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101-6478.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER AND SUBMIT BOOKS IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012. All submissions to the Local Authors Exhibit become gifts to the San Diego Public Library for possible inclusion in the collection. After submitting your book, you will receive an acknowledgement and information regarding an exclusive exhibit preview and reception, a great networking opportunity.

Please share this message with friends, family and fellow writers that may be interested in this event and in joining the San Diego Public Library’s Local Authors mailing list. Also, like the SDPL Central Library Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/SDPL-Central-Library/134245953252231).

Be sure to add resguerra@sandiego.gov to your Contacts so that further San Diego Local Authors correspondence does not end up in your junk mail. If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to contact me at 619.236.5817 or resguerra@sandiego.gov/.

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone that loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone!

Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction. Multiple entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com) Postmark deadline: January 13, 2013.

Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry Contest First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on February 23, 2013.

Entry fees: $10 per short story, $5 per poem. To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or story(ies), name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet; add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: "DREAMQUESTONE.COM"- Mail to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

OCTOBER

October 11 (Thursday)

10:00 am-12:00 pm — STORY/FICTION/NONFICTION — Show, Don't Tell - How to Move the Audience from Reading to Experiencing with Judy Reeves.

2:00-4:00 pm — FILM/NONFICTION/FICTION Secrets to Creating an Unforgettable Core Idea w/Carlos de los Rios.

7:00-9:00 pm — FICTION/BOOK Fiction Read and Critique w/ Drusilla Campbell.

San Diego Writers, Ink, is located at the Ink Spot in the East Village, Art Center Lofts, 710 Thirteenth Street, Studio 210. For additional information, go to http://www.sandiegowriters.org/.

October 12 (Friday)

10:00 am-12:00 pm — FICTION/BOOK Starting Your Novel w/ T. Greenwood.

12:30-1:30 pm — PANEL Foot in the Door: Tips for Submitting Your Work.

2:00-4:00 pm FILM — Come Learn the Craft of Screenwriting! w/ Marni Freedman.

5:00-7:30 pm — EVENT Happy Hour Meet and Greet Tonight! Come meet the SDWI staff, board members, and instructors!

San Diego Writers, Ink, is located at the Ink Spot in the East Village, Art Center Lofts, 710 Thirteenth Street, Studio 210. For additional information, go to http://www.sandiegowriters.org/.

October 13 (Saturday)

10:00 am-12:00 pm — NONFICTION Memoir w/ Thomas Larson.

12:30-1:30 pm — PANEL Writers on Writing: Writing Process from Page to Stage.

2:00-4:00 pm — POETRY Poetry Workshop w/ Steve Kowit.

7:00-9:00 pm — EVENT Reading Tonight! Amy Locklin and Open Mic Reading The Executive Director Amy Locklin will read from her newly released poetry chapbook The Secondary Burial and excerpts from the sci-fi and fantasy book she edited Altered States. The reading will be followed by an Open Mic featuring conference participants!!!

San Diego Writers, Ink, is located at the Ink Spot in the East Village, Art Center Lofts, 710 Thirteenth Street, Studio 210. For additional information, go to http://www.sandiegowriters.org/.

October 14 (Sunday)

10:00-12:00 pm — PUBLISHING/BOOK Pitch Me Your Story w/ Jennifer Silva Redmond.

12:30-1:30 pm — PANEL What Next? Applying to MFA Programs, Fellowships, and Residencies.

2:00-4:00 pm — STORY/FICTION/NONFICTION New Work Kickstart! w/ Nicole Vollrath

San Diego Writers, Ink, is located at the Ink Spot in the East Village, Art Center Lofts, 710 Thirteenth Street, Studio 210. For additional information, go to http://www.sandiegowriters.org/.

October 15 (Monday) — Submission deadline for the 2012-13 San Diego Poetry Annual. You can submit any new, previously unpublished work directly to one of our Regional Editors (or to gardenoakpress@earthlink.net and your submission will be forwarded to a Regional Editor for consideration).

Diane Wakoski will be the Featured Poet with 6 new poems. Poets who have also already submitted new work include Ellen Bass and last year's Featured Poet Marge Piercy.

For complete submission information, visit our website www.sandiegopoetryannual.com.

October 18 (Thursday, 6:30 pm) SPJ forum: The changing landscape of media + political campaigns. Two and a half weeks before the closely-watched and even more closely-contested Nov. 6 election, the latest can't-miss panel from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be both timely and thought-provoking. You'll hear a four-member panel of political pros discuss and dissect the media relations end of campaigns and how it has evolved in recent years in San Diego and out-of-town news agencies alike.

The panel will include Jennifer Tierney, principal and founder of the Gemini Group, a San Diego-based political consulting firm that serves clients in both Southern California and Virginia; MaryAnne Pintar, communications director for the Scott Peters for Congress campaign; K.B. Forbes, communications director for the Carl DeMaio for mayor campaign, and an as-yet-undetermined member of San Diego's Revolvis Consulting firm.

Their insightful commentary. Your intriguing questions. Just days before the election. Like we said, can't miss.

October 28 (Sunday, 3:00 to 4:00 pm) — Free Open Air Poetry Reading by the Poetry Grove Poets, Read/Hear Poems Under Towering Trees, in San Diego's Balboa Park. Enjoy the peaceful setting: no espresso machines! No fees, no sign-up, nothing to buy, no microphone. Lean your bike against a tree; free parking close by for motorized vehicles; near public transportation.

All poets (first-time & seasoned), listeners, & kinds of poetry welcome, including rhyme, free verse, limericks, haiku, and more. Read your work and/or the work of others. Or, simply enjoy the variety of poets and styles.

Each poet may have two to five turns, reading 1 or 2 poems per turn. Bring up to 10 poems. Sit on the hardened clay Poetry Bench or bring a blanket or chair. Find us 5 blocks north of Laurel Street, 3/4 of a block east of Sixth Avenue, 1/4 block west of Balboa Drive , 150 feet north of Quince. Search for 2 back-to-back garden sheds and the clay Poetry Bench beneath a grove of tall magnolia trees. For more detailed directions, location, a photo of the Bench where many of us sit, and more: http://www.PoetryGrove.weebly.com.

Questions? Want to receive semi-monthly e-mailed reminders? Send first name & last name or initial to: Terra Lepore, PoetryGrove@att.net.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

November 3 (Saturday)LIT - WEST COAST STUDIO FOR WRITERS Presents: Jumpstart Your Creative Brilliance: Reclaiming the Writer Within.

This exercise-based workshop will invite you to reclaim, recharge and re-ignite your inner brilliance.  The right kind of exercises can unlock and expose the obsessions necessary to create great writing.  Alice LaPlante proposes that “Contrary to what you might think, absolute freedom isn't always the most beneficial to creativity.  Instead, what psychologists and scientists are finding is that constraints, or limits in choices, are often more conducive to creativity than the blank page (or empty computer screen).” You have so much to say and the words are just waiting to be invited to the surface.  Unleash the passionate, productive writer within!